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Welcome and enjoy. To look at any painting or photo please double click on the picture to take a closer look and if you'd like to purchase please email me at neelygomezart@q.com

I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.

Friday, January 30, 2015

When I Get Out of My Own Way Amazing Things Happen!

During the month of January I became aware of the obstacles I place in my own way as an artist when wonderful opportunities start appearing.  I have been using "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron again the past month or so.  I have gone through this book probably four or five times now though this time I decided I would go at my own pace and take my time.  It has been wonderful and very eye opening for me.  She talks in the book about sabotaging ourselves and I became very aware of my fear of success, which I read is fairly common among artists.

1st acrylic painting
First I made the decision to once again participate in the #twitterartexhibit which will be held this year in Moss, Norway.  I painted my first acrylic submission which appears to the left.

2nd rendition
I then received an invitation to participate in the "Hearts and Stars" 2015 event being held at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos, New Mexico to benefit the Taos homeless.  While discussing my new opportunities opening up with my friend and chiropractor, she asked me to think about submitting a piece of artwork to an organization she participates in that is having an upcoming ball with a silent auction.  As I started to consider these new opportunities I started questioning my first rendition/submission for the #twitterartexhibit and did some revision.  To the right is my second rendition of the same painting.

The next week I was invited to participate once again in the "Let's Paint New Mexico" website/challenge where a photo is presented to New Mexico artists each week and we submit our interpretation/artwork of that photo. I got very excited remembering that when I participated in this last year it provided wonderful growth and exposure so I started on this painting challenge right away.  To the left is the Challenge one picture and to the right my 8"x10" oil painting interpretation.

Now I started thinking about the upcoming timelines for having submissions mailed and completed and questioning my abilities to first make those timelines and second my abilities as an artist.  The I'm not good enough, so and so is really an artist and I'm an amateur, etc.  I then got back into the reading and doing of "The Artist's Way" and in my writing discovered my fear of success and made a decision to take one thing at a time and wrote many affirmations telling myself I AM an artist, I CAN make deadlines, I CAN create beautiful, unique art and I CAN succeed.  Then came my third and final rendition/submission for the #TwitterArtExhibit shown to the left.

It seems that as soon as I became determined to create my art came one of my biggest personal
challenges.  The second challenge picture arrived from the "Let's Paint New Mexico" group, it is shown to the right.  When I looked at this picture I could see nothing but bland, dry, brown, colorless landscape.  I told myself I just wouldn't make a submission for the second challenge yet as I was reading and I'm not sure where I saw it, but somewhere a sentence stood out to me.  It said something to the effect that God can see the beauty in even bare and colorless areas.  I thought about "The Artist's Way" saying that God is a creator, therefore as an artist, I, too, create.  I magnified the photo and looked for color and instead of going to bed found myself in my art studio painting onto a blank
canvas.  The photo to the left is the oil painting on 10"x8" canvas and my translation of the Challenge 2 photo.

I finished my oil painting submission for the "Hearts and Stars"
2015 benefit and hurried to get it framed and packaged for shipping to Wilder Nightingale Fine Art in Taos.  I'm happy to say that this painting went through very slight addition in one area around the little church in the foreground before framing and shipping it out.  It has been delivered as I type this and I'm excited about it's presentation and showing at their event happening Saturday, February 7th.  To the right is the oil painting "Spirit of Taos" on 10"x8" canvas.  It will be available at their auction and I have donated the sale price to aid the homeless of Taos so pray someone will buy and cherish it.

As I type this I am still in the process of formulating an idea and painting the oil painting for my friend and chiropractor's equine association silent auction though I feel I have walked through my fear of success and have begun my next leg of my journey as an artist.  I feel overwhelmingly grateful to all the people who encourage, help, support and honor me with their friendship.  As I gather experience and confidence I realize how very blessed I am to have a Creator who is my source and supply of whatever I need to succeed in life.  Already 2015 is proving to be one of immense growth and opportunity for me, hence the title of my post this month "When I Get Out of My Own Way Amazing Things Happen!"

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Wonderful Beginning to 2015

We had a wonderful beginning to 2015 with the arrival of out of state family on New Year's Eve and visiting and catching up New Year's Day, then going over to Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque for dinner at their buffet that evening.

Changes are in the air as I anticipate and prepare for more exposure of my artwork in 2015.  2014 was a wonderfully refreshing and renewing year for me personally with more networking with other artists.  I am working on my submission for the upcoming 2015 Twitter Art Exhibit which will be held this year is Moss, Norway where it began.

Thank you for all of your "visits", encouragement and support.  I'm hoping to have more of my artwork online and available for purchase and possibly a new website soon.  I will post updates as things change and evolve.

Friday, December 19, 2014

San Felipe Pueblo Christmas Bazaar was Wonderful - Feeling Creative

My husband and I had a wonderful time last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at the San Felipe Pueblo Christmas Bazaar.  We gained more experience, made new friends, had some sales, and really enjoyed all the other vendors and beautiful artwork as well as being invited and so warmly welcomed to be a part of this event. Towards the end of the event on Sunday fully decorated Christmas trees were raffled off to benefit the San Felipe Pueblo Elementary School and they also raffled off some beautiful artwork and items donated by vendors.

Here are some pictures taken over the weekend.

I was asked to participate again next year in the Twitter Art Exhibit (#TwitterArtExhibit) which will be held where it started out in Moss, Norway. The opening will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 7-9pm with the show running from March 12 through March 26, 2015.

More information can be found at:  http://www.twitterartexhibit.org/

Here is a picture of an original acrylic painting I did last night/early this morning.  I plan on painting
several postcard size paintings and then choose one to submit for the Twitter Art Exhibit.  This one is "Taos Inspiration" and is 6"x4.5" on watercolor postcard. I even decided to paint a "faux frame".  I like the way it turned out.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Placitas Holiday Fair - Placitas, NM - November 22 & 23, 2014

Sampling of what will be available of my artwork & creations
It has been a busy time the past month for both my husband and myself. We were asked to participate in the annual San Antonio Mission Holiday Fair coming up this next weekend in Placitas, New Mexico. We hope to see those of you who are close enough there and look forward to our first art event together, combining both of our creative talents. Here is more information:


A holiday fair will be held on November 22 and 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the San Antonio Mission on Avenida San Antonio in Placitas.  It will be a great weekend for finding a perfect gift for yourself or others.  Light refreshments will be available.  Follow the red holiday stocking signs.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wonderful Artistic Getaway Last Weekend in Taos, New Mexico

Side/Back View San Francisco de Asis
San Francisco de Asis 
Some of the wonderful places we visited were, of course, San Francisco Asis church at Ranchos de Taos. This church is probably one of the most photographed and painted churches in New Mexico, probably because of it's unique architecture.  It is, indeed, a very beautiful church set in a beautiful location. We had lunch at the Ranchos de Taos Plaza Grill sitting almost next to it. The food was spectacular as well as the service. We also visited Total Arts Gallery, Wilder Nightingale Gallery and Copper Moon Gallery.

Ernie and Virginia at Couse-Sharp House, Taos, NM
What an unexpected surprise to get a tour of the Couse-Sharp House by E.I. Couse's granddaughter, Virginia, and her husband, Ernie.  E.I. Couse was one of the eight founding members of the Taos Society of Artists.  We were allowed to take pictures and enjoy a personal look into the life of E.I. Couse and his painting process in this beautifully preserved home, studio and gallery. It was a dream for this artist and left me with much gratitude and inspiration.

Thanks to all for their wonderful hospitality, knowledge and humor. It was wonderful!!!

We then enjoyed some personal time catching up with a dear friend of 24 years who had flown into Taos from Seattle, Washington. We stayed at the Sagebrush Inn and enjoyed breakfast and dinner there with friends.  Here is a picture of one of their beautiful fireplaces.

The staff and time spent there were wonderful, helping us to enjoy a peaceful and restful mini vacation.

Jo Anne Neely Gomez
Harwood Museum of Art
Sunday was spent first having a wonderful breakfast at Doc Martin's inside The Taos Inn then visiting Harwood Museum of Art, R.C. Gorman's House & Studio, The Blumenschein House/Museum, walking the Taos Plaza and early dinner at Guadalajara Grill.

It was a gorgeous drive home from Taos with the chamisa in bloom and beautiful, clear, blue skies with a smattering of clouds and perfect weather. The weekend in Taos was for this artist a "dream weekend" and relaxing, peaceful and awe inspiring.  Thank you Taos for your warm welcome, culture, beauty and art.
Rio Grande River south of Taos, NM

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beautiful September in New Mexico with Fall Approaching

I just had to take a picture of these beautiful flowers in bloom while visiting my dear friend in Corrales this past week.  I love the fall in New Mexico as it is getting a bit chilly in the mornings though warming up to beautiful and pleasantly warm afternoons with gorgeous blue skies and everything green.  Just as I'm really enjoying the beauty of it all it seems the leaves start yellowing and dropping as winter arrives.  Just this week my pink lemonade honeysuckles in my backyard have dropped almost all of their leaves at the same time as it is in full bloom once again.  This has been a wonderful year in New Mexico with the return of the monsoons and bringing new life and reserves much needed.

Here is a picture of an original painting I call "Greening Up", it is an oil painting on 10"x8" wood panel and from my imagination/mind, not from photographs.

I was commissioned to paint a birdhouse for a friend so here are pictures of it after the final protective spray.  I sometimes still lack the confidence to paint from photos so this was a wonderful experience as I had to talk myself through the negative thoughts in the beginning of the process (the photo painting is the side of the birdhouse with the bridge with flowers and a house at the end).  I'm happy with the finished result and hope my friend loves it too (she was elated with the "bridge" side).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer in New Mexico with a Return of Monsoons

It has been a beautiful, refreshing and wonderful summer in New Mexico with a return of our monsoons bringing much needed rain and nourishment.  

My husband took this picture with his iPad of just one of the storms that brought lightning, thunder and rain.  

Even though this summer has brought with it, for me personally, losses of family members and friends I have been reminded what a great gift life is each and every day.  

Here are some pictures of the beauty I have found all around me here in New Mexico and in my own backyard as reminders that if I continue to put one foot in front of the other on my path and journey through this life my Creator blesses me with so many gifts, even in some of the worst times, renewing my faith and hope.  I am blessed to be alive this day and to be able to express and honor by creating my art in giving back.
And here is some of my art I've done recently.
"Putting the Pieces Back Together Again"
"Final Flight" Truly Mixed Media 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Back Home, though Busy, After Wonderful Friend Filled Weekend at The Lodge at Santa Fe

I enjoyed a wonderful friend filled weekend last weekend away from home at the beautiful The Lodge at Santa Fe.  This week, after returning, has been busy, busy, busy though on my way home from a committee meeting in Placitas with a group of friends Wednesday night my friend leaned out and took this beautiful picture of the sunset as I was driving home to Rio Rancho.

Last night as my husband and I relaxed on our patio enjoying the cool down from a hot day I snapped a couple of shots of the sunset.  I absolutely love the beauty of New Mexico sunsets and skies, they are incredible and welcome.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pre Memorial Day Drive and Inspiration for "Experiment"

Here are some pictures from a drive we took before Memorial Day.  It was a beautiful day and great to get out into nature and gain some inspiration and peace of mind.  I love exploring with my husband, he is always so willing to see new places or revisit places we've seen but not for awhile.

And here is my "experient" acrylic painting on 10"x8" wood board that was inspired by a church off Highway 14 in New Mexico between Tijeras and Santa Fe I'm calling "Old San Francisco Church NM".

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Quieting the Mind, Releasing the Spirit"

The original oil painting "Quieting the Mind, Releasing the Spirit" was painted last night.  I dedicate this painting to the memory of two people from my past that I just discovered recently passed away last year. Although I thought I had grieved the loss of the relationships with both quite a few years ago, I realized in the midst of this painting that what I had not grieved was the sadness of the mental illness that was present in both and I was unaware of during the years we interacted.  They were instrumental in my finding that deep part of myself that is strong, loving, compassionate, non judgmental and independent.

By the time I finished this painting, which surprisingly took me very little time, I felt very blessed and grateful that today I am exactly where I'm supposed to be, with the people in my life God has placed so carefully there and that this mother and son are finally reunited with others they loved and have gained a peace that surpasses all human understanding.  Besides the title speaking of them, it speaks of my own spirit.  What a wonderful way to begin a new season, feeling creative and appreciating everything that God has so graciously placed in my life -- for all those people, places and things I am very grateful.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Back to Creativity & Enjoying Beautiful New Mexico Spring Weather

Got my new iPhone and happy to say the pictures I've taken with it have turned out nicely ... well, here ...
judge for yourself.  It has been a pretty smooth transition although I have to say I was having a bit of withdrawal not having my phone for a few days (I recycled it, getting a really good deal through our carrier).

Thinking about the difference between last year, this time, and this year I am reminded we really didn't have a spring last year.  It seemed that we went straight from winter into summer.  This year has been just gorgeous and although anyone from New Mexico can attest to the fact that usually spring sucks as far as blowing wind and dirt goes, we have had a wonderful winter and a cooler spring this year and even expecting monsoons to return this summer.  I love living in New Mexico with it's slower pace of life, natural beauty, cultural history and appreciation and an abundance of artists and art venues to both challenge and grow me as an artist.

Here is a colored pencil drawing I did recently and a mixed media piece just to keep those creative juices flowing.  I just today finished painting a birdhouse for an upcoming raffle and can now move on into more serious painting.  I'm so looking forward to a beautiful summer of painting and enjoying living, seeing new and beautiful areas of New Mexico.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all you Lovely Ladies Out There

Taking a short break from technology this weekend and for a few days.  Thought while absent I'd post an older oil painting I did back in 1999.  It started out as a portrait of a native lady though we'd just been through the hospitalization and death of my mother-in-law after a car accident and my own lumpectomy.  I was pleasantly surprised on finishing it that my husband said to me, "Oh wow, do you know you whose face that is? It looks like my mom and grandmother."  Funny how all my emotion comes out sometimes as I paint and, hence, the name of this oil painting became "Grandmother Serrano".

Happy Mother's Day! I'm very grateful I still have my own mother though she lives a distance away and missing her today as well as my mother-in-law and all those ladies who have served in the capacity of caring, wonderful, nurturing and loving mothers to me. God has blessed me with many friends who fill the void and ask little of me in return -- Thanks to all of you!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wow - Busy Month - Here are Some Photos Taken Recently

It's been quite awhile since I've updated my art blog though I'm happy to say it's only because life has gotten very busy and I've been enjoying an amazingly balanced month of April.  I did do some painting, sketching and artwork although most of my time has been spent meeting with friends, gardening, taking care of business and enjoying some wonderful family time with my husband.

Here are some pictures taken recently of the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow - the largest in the United States - held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I believe they said for this grand entry there were 2,000 dancers on the floor and it was AWESOME!!!

Next are a couple of pictures of some young dancers.  I asked the parents permission first and then the dancers themselves and they were happy to pose for the pictures.  The first had her eyes "squinched closed" but after some prompting I got the picture and right after a very big smile -- oh well, too late for the picture though I thought they both turned out well.